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17 Feb

Sporting Stars sign up for Studio School


Three young sporting stars are amongst the first to sign up for a place at the new Plymouth Studio School which opens this September on the University of St Mark & St John campus site.

Under 16s World Taekwon –Do champion, Tate Budge, Devon county cricket player, Matthew Petherbridge and Devon county athlete, Lucy Robinson recently met up with Plymouth Studio School Principal, Matthew Lennon, to find out more about the school’s Elite Athlete pathway which is open to Year 10 and Year 12 students.

Principal of Plymouth Studio School, Matthew Lennon explains, “Getting the mix of training and more traditional academic qualifications right is often difficult for aspiring young athletes. Our sports pathway is designed to help them get the practical and professional experience and qualifications they need, underpinned by a solid academic foundation including A levels.

“It’s a flexible approach designed around each individual student which means they will be prepared for any number of careers in sport, from professional athlete to coaches, sport therapists PE and fitness instructors.”

Students signing up for the Plymouth Studio School will have access to the world-class sports and sports therapy facilities on-site at the University of St Mark & St John. There are just 100 places available at the school in its first year and those interested need to apply now.

Taekwon-Do champion, Tate Budge, who trains locally with South Coast Martial Arts and with team UK in the hope of making the Elite Quad for the European Championships this summer comments, “It’s fantastic to find a school where I can still focus on my Taekwon-Do but also make sure I’m getting the qualifications I need to also pursue a career as a PTI instructor in the Navy.”

Athlete, Lucy Robinson, who was part of the winning relay team at the indoor county championships and who trains three times a week with Plymouth Athletics Club comments, “ Sport is my life and it will be fantastic to combine this with getting the qualifications I need to go on to study for a career in Sports Therapy.”

County cricket star, Matthew Petherbridge, who plays with the Devon under 17s squad adds “I’d really like to try to make it as a professional. Plymouth Studio School will give me the opportunity to really push myself and improve my skills.”

Mr Budge, father of Taekwon-Do champion, Tate adds, “For Tate to be able to study sports and have his own sporting achievements recognised whilst also being given guidance and the time to train, as well as learning, is just what he is looking for. Plymouth Studio School provides the ideal mix.”

Any young athletes aged 13 – 19 who would like to find out more about signing up for a place at Plymouth Studio School can meet up for a chat with Principal Matthew Lennon.  Book your session now.

Alternatively visit pre-register for the Studio School Open Morning on 28 February, 11.00am – 1.00pm at the University of St Mark & St John campus site.

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